Death toll rises to nine in collapsed Lagos school building
15 March, 2019, 04:57 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
Adeshina Tiamiyu, general manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, said that the agency had recorded one death so far in the disaster, and had rescued almost 50 people.
A few hundred people watched from nearby as an excavator dug through the remains of the debris. In the crowd, a baby cried.
"The building is not technically a school, it is a residential building that was actually accommodating an illegal school, so to speak, on the second floor", he said.
"We equally told the state government to carry out integrity test on more structures in the area, but due to lack of political will, nothing was done by the government", pointing out that the incessant building collapses being recorded in Lagos Island, is due to the peculiarity of the local developers who are not professionals. But the crowd quieted as others were pulled out and slung over people's shoulders, unmoving.
The children were hurried to ambulances.
Local people attend the scene after a building collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria, Thursday March 14, 2019.
More equipment was brought in as nightfall approached.
Earlier, Ibrahim Farinloye, coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency in Nigeria's southwest region, also said it was hard to give accurate casualty figures as the rescue operation, which he coordinated, was still ongoing.
Despite efforts to renovate the area, a large number of buildings remain abandoned or in a state of disrepair which have been taken over by families or businesses, despite being dilapidated and unsafe.
Reno Omokri, a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has blamed PresidentMuhammadu Buhari for failing to act over the collapse of a three-storeyed building, which left many dead in Ita Faji area of Lagos Island on Wednesday.
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"All those trapped have been evacuated and the rescue operation has ended", he told AFP.
She was taken to the General Hospital, where she died after efforts by the medicals to save her proved abortive.
"Landlords who convert residential buildings to commercial purposes should be sanctioned".
The party called on relevant regulatory authorities across the country to do all necessary to prevent a reoccurrence of such incident. "May God grant everyone affected by this sad incident fortitude and succor", Buhari said.
The collapsed building is in the Ita-faji area of Lagos island, which was the original heart of the lagoon city before it expanded onto the mainland.
Esinlokun, while speaking with journalists, said the Lagos State Government would ensure that victims of the incident are treated free.
School bags, toys and clothes were among the piles of rubble as a bulldozer tried to clear a path through the wreckage.
Earlier in the day, anxious onlookers stood in narrow streets and on rooftops of rusted, corrugated metal, watching the rescue efforts.
Emotional, a number of shirtless men jumped in to offer assistance, hacksaws and mallets in hand.
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